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Dr. Daniela​ Täuber

DEPT: Quantum Detection

Working Group Leader
WG: Biopolarisation

Dr. Daniela Täuber received her PhD from TU Chemnitz in 2011 using single molecule tracking (SMT) and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) to study diffusion and intermolecular forces in confined soft matter in the Optical Spectroscopy and Molecular Physics group of Christian von Borczyskowski.

Due to family reasons she continued in the group focusing on understanding structure and dynamics in thin liquid crystal films, for which she developed an application of FCS at mirror interfaces reducing the vertical resolution below 100 nm. After the retirement of her supervisor in 2012, she continued her research under Michael Schulz, the deputy head of the group Sensorics and Cognition Psychology, which had been initiated by Christian von Borczyskowski, and where she also engaged in teaching.

In 2014 a personal research grant allowed her to join the Single Molecule Spectroscopy group of Ivan Scheblykin at the University of Lund in Sweden, where she focused on the investigation of photophysics and micro and nano-structure of conjugated polymers for organic photovoltaics using 2-dimensional polarization imaging (2D POLIM), and continued a project on investigation of early aggregation of GFP-labeled human-alpha-synuclein in models of Parkinson’s disease ex vivo.

In October 2017 she joined the department of Quantum Detection of Heidemarie Schmidt to start the group Biopolarisation at the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology in Jena, Germany. Her expertise in intermolecular physics on Si substrates allowed her to guide the research for adhesion of DNA on volume-functionalized chips to a successful experiment. She further works on the implementation of photo-induced force microscopy (PiFM), which combines IR excitation with detection of the electromagnetic near-field by force microscopy.

In 2018 she started collaborations with research groups at the Jena University Hospital. In particular, an access grant by Laserlab Europe for using 2D POLIM in collaboration with Ivan Scheblykin in Lund showed promising results contributing to understanding pathways and therapy of systemic infection.

Her focus is on implementation and further development of PiFM and polarization resolved fluorescence microscopy for emergent and cutting-edge biomedical research and innovation.

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